Clinton, during his presidency, was a big proponent of the war on crime. He passed many new policies that exacerbated punishment for criminals. Among them was ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ by which a person who has been arrested three times is subject to mandatory life sentence no matter the offense. He allocated nearly 10 billion dollars to the building of new prisons. He cut grants affording higher education to inmates. He increased the eligibility for the death penalty and much more. Through all of these policies incarceration rates grew, especially for minority groups who are already targeted more often than white people despite committing a fairly equal amount of offenses.
This article gives an in depth analysis of the crime bill